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    Ninth Day - The Holy Spirit ,The God of Love

    I. Opening Prayers

    All: In the name of the Father, and the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

    All: Come, Holy Spirit, inflame the hearts of all people with the fire of your love.

    Leader: Send forth your Spirit that all may be reborn.

    All: And you will renew the face of the earth.

    Leader: We beg you, Lord, to send the Holy Spirit upon us so that, inspired and encouraged, we may fulfill the duties that are ours, to carry our cross with patience and to grow daily in Christian perfection. Grant us through the same Holy Spirit, the intentions of this novena, or whatever is best for us and for all God's people. Amen.

    II. Scripture Reading - Acts of the Apostles 2:1-4

    When Pentecost day came around, they had all met in one room, when suddenly they heard what sounded like a powerful wind from heaven, the noise of which filled the entire house in which they were sitting, and something appeared to them that seemed like tongues of fire; these separated and came to rest on the head of each of them. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in foreign languages as the Spirit gave them the gift of speech.

    (Short Meditation)

    IlI. Thought for each day

    Our Lord told us; "The Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and bring to your mind whatever I have said to you." The one thing Christ repeatedly instructed us to do was to love. "Whoever loves me, my Father and I will love and come to live in." Love of God and love of neighbour were the two great commandments he gave. When asked who is forgiven the most, he answered, "To him who loves much, much is forgiven." The sign of the true follower of Christ is one who loves both God and neighbour. "If you love me, keep my commandments. I will ask the Father and he will give you the Holy Spirit to live with you forever."

    IV. Prayer of the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit

    O Lord Jesus Christ, before ascending into heaven you promised to send the Holy Spirit to finish your work in the souls of your Apostles and Disciples. Grant that I may be open to the work of that same Spirit within me.

    Grant me the Spirit of Wisdom
    that I may not be attached to the perishable things of this world but seek the things that are eternal.

    Grant me the Spirit of Understanding
    to enlighten my mind with the light of your divine truth.

    Grant me the Spirit of Right Judgment
    that I may choose the surest way of pleasing God.

    Grant me the Spirit of Courage
    that I may bear my cross with you and that I may overcome all the obstacles that oppose my salvation.

    Grant me the Spirit of Knowledge
    that I may know God and know myself.

    Grant me the Spirit of Reverence
    that I may find the service of God sweet and attractive.

    Grant me the Spirit of Wonder and Awe
    that I may be filled with loving reverence towards God and may avoid anything that would displease him.

    Mark me, dear Lord, with the sign of your true disciples and animate me in all things with your Spirit

    Amen

    V. Final Prayer

    O, Mary, by your humble obedience to the will of God and through the power of the Holy Spirit, you gave us the child Jesus. Help us to prepare our hearts so that we may receive and welcome the Holy Spirit and strive always to do what God asks. Grant this through Christ Our Lord.

    Amen.